Connecting to a VPN is convenient to access the work network if we are teleworking but also if we want to access a streaming platform from another country, if we want to protect ourselves when browsing the Internet or simply if we want to bypass a web page block. If you don’t know how to do that, here’s a rundown of all the ways to set up a VPN on Windows, Android, MacOS, or your iOS phone.
You will see that there are different options when configuring a VPN and it will depend on the device that we use but also the type of VPN that we are going to use… depending on whether we want to do a manual configuration, use a specialized software or program or if we want to configure it manually from settings.
What is a VPN and what is it for?
A VPN is Virtual Private Network or Virtual Private Network . A service that allows us to hide our IP address and that has a series of advantages: we can access restricted or blocked content depending on geographical position or the operator or we can skip restrictions, but it also serves to improve privacy and protect our data when we browse the Internet thanks to encryption.
But not only to maintain anonymity is a VPN interesting, but we can also access our work network if we are at home, for example. What we do is create a tunnel between our device and the server. A private tunnel or channel that allows information to travel through it privately but also allows us to connect remotely to a server if you are at home with your laptop and want to work with the office network, for example.
Connect from programs
One of the options to connect to a VPN from any device is to do it from a program or a VPN that we buy or download for free. There are many available and we can download the software on our computer to activate it. Although it will vary depending on the program you install or download, practically all of them offer us a button on the interface where we can activate the VPN or disconnect it whenever we want. In addition, most of them will show us the country or region where the server to which we are connected is located and some offer some extra data such as maximum speed, daily data, etc.
Keep in mind that these programs allow us to activate and deactivate the VPN directly with a button on that device and in a matter of seconds, turning it on or off. We do not need to configure anything from the computer nor do we need to access the settings or anything like that. It will be enough to touch the button to make it work and the server from which we are connected begins to be active. Both from the computer and if we download the corresponding applications for the mobile phone, for the tablet or any device.
Connect to a VPN from the browser
There are other VPNs that are directly integrated from the browser and what they do is change the IP or hide us when we use that browser but not in the rest of the connections on the computer. They generally work as an extension that we install in Google Chrome or other browsers and that offers us a series of available locations where there is a server from that company.
For example, we can use Zenmate, which is a VPN for Chrome and the operation is identical to the previous programs if we want to activate or deactivate it: we open the extension and we have a button that allows us to turn it on or off. We just have to click on the switch and we will automatically connect. It will show us how long we have been connected and we can press the button again to disconnect immediately.
Add a VPN connection manually
As we have said in previous paragraphs, we do not always connect to a VPN from a program that helps us improve its privacy and security, but there are also other options such as connecting to the server or to the work network. In this case, we add the VPN connection manually on the computer.
From the Windows computer
Beyond the programs that allow us to turn the switch on or off, we can connect to the VPN by configuring the connection from Windows.
- We open the configuration on the Windows computer
- We look for the section or section “Network and Internet”
- In the menu on the left, choose the “VPN” option
Once inside this section we can see an option at the top that indicates “add a VPN connection” along with a “+” sign. Touch on it and we will begin to fill in the data to be able to connect the computer. We must fill in: VPN provider, connection name, server name or address, type of login information, username and password (optional) Once we have it, we confirm with “save” and we will have connected.
From a Mac computer
- Go to the Apple menu with the apple logo
- Tap on “System Preferences”
- Click on “Network”
- Tap on the “Add+” button from the list that we will see on the left
- Choose the “ Interface ” dropdown menu
- Select “VPN”
Here we will have to choose the type of VPN from those available. In addition, we have to assign a name to the VPN service and we will have created it. We will have to fill in a series of data: enter the server address and the account name for the VPN connection.
When we have finished all the steps, we confirm with “OK”.
From an Android mobile phone
From the Android mobile phone we can also connect to a VPN from the settings. The steps are simple and will vary depending on the customization layer, but they all allow us to configure a VPN regardless of the brand and model.
- We open the mobile phone settings
- Let’s go to the “Connection and sharing” section
- We scroll until we find the “VPN” section
- We will see that it says “No VPN”
- Tap on the top right corner of the screen, on the “+”
- A series of data will appear that we must fill in
- VPN type
- Server address
- <PPP encryption
- DNS search domains
- DNS server
- redirected route
- Once finished, confirm with the check in the upper right
You will have already configured the VPN on an Android mobile.
Set up VPN on an iPhone phone
If you have an apple brand phone, you can also set up a VPN directly on the mobile beyond the programs that include a switch.
- We open the “General” section on the iPhone
- Let’s go to the “VPN” section
- We will enter the configuration of the same
- Tap on “Add VPN configuration…”
- Fill in all the data that will appear in the list
- remote ID
- site ID
- User authentication
- Proxy: No / manual / automatic
Once we have everything filled out, we confirm and we will have configured the VPN from our iPhone phone or from the tablet with the iOS operating system. Although, as we say, we can also choose a compatible program or software (such as NordVPN or TunnelBear or CyberGhost) that allows us to access a switch to turn the VPN off or on.